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Chance of the body absorbing the disc and long term nerve damage

Hi, I've posted on here a few times - most recently below. I've had sciatica for 4 weeks and have been bed bound the whole time. Finally had my MRI results and it has shown that the disc material has protruded through the disc and is impinging the nerve (l5S1). I'm on 75mg codeine every 4 house and pregablin 150mg now moving to 300mg a day. Pain has subsided a bit but struggling to walk due to loss of strength in my leg (it dropped completely and was dragging for 1 day but now is back to being weak and a bit limp). I can't have epidural steroid injection due to other health problems which rule it out.

I've been advised that I could have surgery (microD L5S1) but I've already had it and don't want to do it unless I have to. Can the body reabsorb the disc even if the middle bit has protruded through the disc wall? Will the weakness come back even if the pain decreases? or is it a case that the longer I wait for surgery, the more time the nerve will be impinged and more chance of longer term damage to nerve and weakness in my leg?

It would be really good to hear from others who have had repeat surgeries and foot drop before surgery thanks.
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